This time of year people don't have to look too far for a reason to stay inside. Much of the country is cold or snowed in, other parts are windy and stormy, but I think Tennessee might have the best reason of all: it's raining snakes.
That's not a misprint, typo, or some kind of folksy term for heavy rain either. Tennessee has a slithery situation going on.
Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee have been hit with a lot of February rain. It's raising the rivers, muddying the ground, and making for some unusual guests in the trees.
Steve Ballou lives in Tennessee and was running in Overton Park. He posted his unusual find to Facebook.
Overton Park this morning for a race and found this.Posted by Steve Ballou on Saturday, February 23, 2019
Blending right into the brown bark was a gigantic snake. It wasn't the only one he found either.
People were obviously stunned at his picture and his post quickly went viral on sssssssocial media. Most people were ready to swear off Overton Park.
"I'm packing my s*it as we speak," wrote Kendrick Wright.
"Oh hell no," wrote another.
Some clearly weren't too bothered however.
"This is a Harmless Gray Rat snake. They can get up to 7 ft in length. They on record of one being 8 ft," said Amanda Barnes Allen.
Posted by Steve Ballou on Saturday, February 23, 2019
The largest of the snakes was a harmless rat snake, but Ballou did also see a copperhead. A copperhead snake is native to eastern North America and will attack a human if startled.
It's rare for snakes to be seen in inhabited areas, but the rain likely pushed them to seek refuge.
Park officials said they expect the snakes to return to their normal homes when the rain dries up later this week, but for now warned park goers to be mindful of their pets when travelling off path.
I think I might just stay inside, just to be safe.